Before the automobile became widely popular, funeral processions in the U.S. were led either on foot or by horse-and-carriage. Most funeral homes had a dedicated funeral hearse, elaborately decorated for a respectful procession to the church.
The historical photograph (by the Library of Congress) shows a horse-drawn hearse and it's driver outside Neil Regan Funeral Home in Pennsylvania, around 1900. The horse is fitted out with a decorative caparison, a type of cape, for the solemn occasion.
In South Africa today, we have funeral parlours offering this historically respected service.
If you would like to add a horse drawn hearse to your fleet, kindly contact Otto at Hedo on 082 551 4042
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